Wednesday, June 04, 2008

IJ: and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones Posted by BATMAN GOTHAM

I finally did see Indiana Jones. I enjoyed it very much. Harrison Ford does look good, but it took me a few seconds to adjust to a 65 year old Indiana Jones. I am not sure why that was because I have seen the trailer from the movie. Maybe it is effect of seeing a 65 year old Indiana Jones on the big screen. Anyway I got over that pretty quick.

I am watching this movie aware of the negative criticism of certain parts, but I found most of it to be rather extreme. There is a complaint about Indiana Jones just letting things happen at the end of the movie without any active involvement. Indiana Jones does spend the entire movie getting to the end location so he should get some credit for that. All these movies are about a journey to a certain place and once you get there, it doesn't seem to require any more active involvement. Look at the end of Raiders of The Lost, doesn't the end just seem to happen without Indiana Jones' involvement.

Then there is the one sequence in the movie that many seem to despise, which is being called The Tarzan Sequence. Considering the amount of crap that was thrown at this scene, I was expecting something that was going to look absolutely terrible, but I thought it was a cute scene. The comparison to the CGI monkeys in that scene to the CGI monkeys in Jumani is way off base. I thought the monkeys looked pretty damn good. They actually looked like monkeys as opposed to the Jumani monkeys. Okay the CGI in the fight sequence especially with Mutt doing the sword fighting did look like CGI, but it didn't ruin the crazy fun of the movie. If you look at all the Indiana Jones' movies, they all have wildly kinetic chase sequences.

The thing to remember about the Indiana Jones' movies is that these are not actuate historical dramas. They take some truth and weave a story around it, a story that relies. The Nazis were looking for religious artifacts. That's the truth. The Russians did explore Psychic Phenomenon. I know the big reveal at the end, although really you get a hint earlier where the end is going, is hard to take for some, but it does fall in the realm of an Indiana Jones movie set in the 1950s. In comparison to the other movies, it is a lighter adventure on par with Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, although by lighter I don't mean light weight. Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom is probably as dark as you get without protests.

Now I want to know what everyone reading this felt about the movie especially from Buckshot and Maharet. Don't hold back because of anything I said.

The one sequence which I thought was totally out of place was the graphic sex scene with Indiana Jones.....ohh sorry that's not Indiana Jones. I confused that with a movie called Indiana Bones. That may be a fake title, but I am surprised an adult knock off hasn't been made yet. Edward Scissorhands did become Edward :cough cough: hands.

GTP member comments:

Maharet 06-04-2008 i agreed with pretty much everything you said there bats. BUT i do think the end was very out of place for this particular movie and that's because it's was far too grandiose. every ending in all those movies was big or brilliant in their own way but the only real problem i had with it was the fact that (and the space ship didn't fly off it disappeared into another dimension.) it just didn't blend well into the movie. it was too much. i loved it the whole way through. i really did. even the continuity problems didn't bother me so much. the ketchup bottles, hair in/out of place, the skull... oh my the skull. so when they get to area 51 and indy uses the gun powder the skulls super magnetic power sucks everything metal towards it. neato... i thought it was neat at least. but, gee that's one powerful towel they were using to cover the skull which amazingly dampened the skulls terrible magnetic pull. um... too silly. i thought the monkey scene was super cute. i did roll my eyes, but i don't care. i'm still buying the film and i don't give a crap that sex and the city beat it out this weekend. i could care less. I say anyone that hasn't seen it, go see it. I know part of the difficulty is in mixing science fiction with action adventure, but if you stop to think about it science fiction and anthropology do go hand in hand. If you've ever seen the history channel you will understand why and its something nearly every Egyptologist has researched or come across in some fashion. I say, people need to get over that and just enjoy the film right? even me! lol Delete Comment

BatGirlMcGee 05-31-2008 I liked it and I too had to take a few seconds to adjust to a old Indiana Jones. It was not as bad as the harsh criticism is got said it would be, but then again I've been an Indiana Jones fan for quiet awhile now. ;x

BuckshotGeorge 05-30-2008 I thought the movie was good. I just expected to be amazed. So I left feeling a little flat. I had no problems with the CGI. The only part I thought it faltered was when Marion drove off the cliff into a tree, the car looked like it shifted position and didn't hit it's actual trajectory. And there was one scene, where you see Indy and Marion, possibly in the back of a truck when captured, the background looked like it was like when Superman used to fly back in the late 70's. Not a bad thing, just made it look cheap. I suppose if anything, it just didn't feel like an Indian Jones movie. The adventure was lost, and too much time was spent putting together a sizeable plot which needed lots of explaining. I hate to say it, but the way it skipped from scene to scene in the first hour was too much like National Treasure 2. And Indy is better than that. I dont think it hit stride til the jungle chase, and then it flowed really well. I knew as soon as they were Area 51 that it would involve Aliens, and that a spaceship would fly off in the end. I just didn;t want that too happen. I still enjoyed it, it's just not the Temple of Doom.....I think too much time has passed for it to be brought back again

Y2Kevin 05-30-2008 Im very intrested in seeing the movie, im going sometime next week...

Battlefield: Bad Company

Battlefield: Bad Company
Originally uploaded by ps3 krazie

the other day on utterz a contact set up a giveaway for an early demo of this game. i was so excited that i was the very first to respond to his utter that he just gave me the demo even though he was originally going to pick the names out of a hat.

it took me a couple of days to play it. i really should have entered the code the second i got it because the download took forever. i could have just let it happen overnight, but it was the first thing i did friday afternoon when i got home from work. 1 hr later and 8% download completed i said fuck it all and jumped on my trusty cod4 with my trusty cod4 friends and played all god damned mother fucking day. it was a great day... in fact, i played that day until 4am.

the next day the download was complete, but i didn't get the chance to try it out until that evening. my first impression was good. i liked the graphics and the character movements. all those tiny little details made the game look great and if i had a better tv it would have been the shit. i like the concept of the story line and the game play wasn't bad.

it wasn't all that good either. it felt a little jerky, i don't like half the screen being taken up by a scope or sight. and i'm really starting to hate the run button all the fps'. the dreaded left analog stick run system. my thumb is starting to fail me so i end up taking twice as long to get everywhere.

doesn't really matter much though because i don't need to run long distances. from the beginning i jumped into a truck, then another and another. through out the game you can jump into any vehicle, tank, chopper and who knows what else.

i had fun on the game, but sometimes there was so much going on all around you that you just didn't know which direction to point your gun at. i mean shit was going off right next to my feet. explosives were hurling at me from everywhere. once i learned to ignore the explosives and not fear them (i'd made my peace with death) i was able to fully concentrate on the enemy and once i'm concentrating you're dead fucking meat.

after that the demo was a total piece of cake and i finished it much faster than i would have liked. so, then i jumped on the multiplayer bit. the words insanity do not even begin to cover it. i died as soon as i figured out how to get in on the game. i didn't understand the option of spawning with your friends or spawning in your camp so i never knew where i was when i spawned. the tutorial might have helped, but i'm too impatient.

i tried nearly every single weapon and realized that i sucked at absolutely everything. i tried something that looked like my rpg on cod4 and hated it.... at first.

in those first few games i was being demolished and not had no clue what was up from down. i was being bombarded by helicopters, giant guns that launch these huge explosives (i need to ask rigid what they are.), getting sniped, stomped, trucked over by a tank and trucks, riddle to death with bullets by gunners on vehicles or sitting in the passenger seat....fragged, shot, knifed and quite possibly ass raped.... oh! and drowned. i may have drowned, i can't remember. maybe i tried to drown myself when i tried to run away from an enemy in the river. "you'll never take me alive i say!"

as the evening wore on the gamers slowly began to disappear and then it was 1 vs 1 or 2 vs 2 games. by then i'd figure out a lot more stuff on my own and really started to thoroughly enjoy every single aspect of the game.

i even drove a boat down a river AND shot the shit out of someone. i fixed an enemy was an accident, but then i started doing it because it was hysterical. i tried to give enemies health packs... they looked a little sickly and you know, as a medic it's your responsibility to think of the lives of others too... it's only humane.

suffice it to say that the support kit was my favorite. too bad i won't be able to unlock it unless i buy the gold edition of the game:

Special “Gold Edition” Packaging
5 Exclusive Weapon Unlocks
Assault Kit Unlock
Recon Kit Unlock
Specialist Kit Unlock
Demolition Kit Unlock
Support Kit Unlock
DVD w/Behind the Scenes content and multiplayer strategy videos

man...this post was way longer than i thought it would be. and here i thought i really hadn't much to say. HAH!